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Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
In fact, the first chapter "The Coup" is about the soviet coup of 1991.The best chapter of this book is the number six "The Economy".The description of a soviet colletive farm makes me remeber, the also calamitous collective farms of MST,here in Brazil.
About Ukraine, there's desciption of apparition of Virgin Mary.
Among the best parts of this book:
a)Page 151:"Recently, there was a program on Soviet television called 'Rural America' that showed conditions on American farms.We saw veterinarians riding out in medical vans to give injections to pigs with disposable syringes.In Novokuznetsk, we don't even have disposable syringes for human beings".
b)Page 188:"To support their private plots, farmers engaged in constant stealing.Adults stole, as did their children.It was possible to stand in a collective farmer's house surrounded by wire, hammer, nails, wheels, machine oil, and lumber, only to realize that not a single item had been purchased."
c)Page 265:"The other pole of unseen world was the psychiatric hospitals where political prisoners were destroied with the help ofdrugs.The most commonly employed drugs were the halopelidol, wich turned off part of the brain; aminazine, wich reduced the victim to a half-stupor; majeptil, wich led to acute psychological distress; and sulfazine, wich , injected intramuscularly, usually in the buttocks, caused a sharp rise in body temperature and excruciating pain.Read more ›
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This book is a sleeper, and should have been read much more widely when it was first published in 1996 to gain a better understanding of why the USSR fell apart and the chaos that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Glenn Richter
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I could not put this book down and am happy to report that it is one of the finest books about Russia ever written. Read morePublished on July 12, 2003 by Christiana Washington
Before the Soviet Union collapsed, any number of so-called Soviet "experts" wrote nonsense about what was happening in that country. David Satter was a notable exception. Read morePublished on January 5, 2003